Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108326
Authors: 
Kiss, Hubert János
Rosa-García, Alfonso
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IEHAS Discussion Papers MT-DP - 2013/43
Abstract: 
A distinctive feature of recent revolutions was the key role of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). We study the role of social media in mobilization. In a simple model we assume that while social media allow to observe all previous decisions, mass media only give aggregate information about the state of a revolt. We show that when individuals' willingness to revolt is publicly known, then both sorts of media foster a successful revolution. However, when willingness to revolt is private information, only social media ensure that a revolt succeeds, with mass media multiple outcomes are possible. This suggests that social media enhance the likelihood that a revolution triumphs more than traditional mass media.
Subjects: 
social media
mass media
revolution
coordination game
sequential games
JEL: 
C72
D02
D74
ISBN: 
978-615-5447-04-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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